How to draw curvy arrow at the edge of a cylinder

I would like to draw a figure similar to the attached here. What I ended up with is the following figure. I use the code:

a = Graphics3D[{Opacity[.8], EdgeForm[], Cyan,
Cylinder[{{0, 0, 0}, {0, 0, 0.1}}, 0.8]}, Boxed -> False,
ImageSize -> Large, ViewPoint -> Above];
b = Graphics3D[{Red,
Arrow /@
Table[{0.8 {Cos[θ], Sin[θ], 0}, { Cos[θ],
Sin[θ], 0}}, {θ, 0, 2 π, π/15}]},
Boxed -> False, ViewPoint -> Above];
Show[a, b]


This gives me the output as follows (without the hand-made curved arrow below): Is there any way to make these arrows curvy? Instead of plain arrows, is it possible to draw curved arrows as shown in the figure. The curve may be similar to a sine or cosine (periodic) curve, for example (a hand-made example is shown below the figure).

• Posters might want to create a CurvyArrow function with the following interface: CurvyArrow[ {startpoint, endpoint}, {offsetstart, offsetend},polarization], with given start and end points, an offset in position as given by the builtin Arrow, and a polarization parameter specifying the plane in which the wiggly line should reside (maybe via the normal vector to said plane?). That should be fairly general and useful to many readers. I would also call that PhotonArrow. Hey, I hope you don't expect me to do all the work! – Peltio Jul 14 '15 at 14:16

pts = Table[{t, Sin[t]}, {t, 0, 2 π, π/4}];
Graphics[{Arrow[BSplineCurve[pts]]}] For you then:

z = 0.09;
c = Table[{0.03 Sin[20 ϕ], ϕ, 0.05}, {ϕ, 0.8, 1.1,
0.01}];
d = RotationMatrix[θ, {0, 0, 1}];
Arrow[BSplineCurve[
Table[c.d, {θ, 0, 2 π, π/15}]]]}];
a = Graphics3D[{Opacity[.8], EdgeForm[], Cyan,
Cylinder[{{0, 0, 0}, {0, 0, 0.1}}, 0.8]}, Boxed -> False,
ImageSize -> Large, ViewPoint -> Above];
b = Graphics3D[{Red,
Arrow /@
Table[{1.1 {Cos[θ + z], Sin[θ + z], 0},
1.2 {Cos[θ + z], Sin[θ + z], 0}}, {θ, 0,
2 π, π/15}]}, Boxed -> False, ViewPoint -> Above];
Show[a, e, b] • I guess he wanted the little red arrows to be 'photon-like'. – Peltio Jul 14 '15 at 13:22
• Ahhh, right, I'll see if I can get that, but he seems to have buggered off himself. – Feyre Jul 14 '15 at 13:29
• Yes Peltio. You are right. I want that red arrows to appear as a curvy arrows, just a photon-like radiation coming out from the cylinder. Thanks Feyre for your help. – Priyam Jul 14 '15 at 13:39
• @Priyam Edited my answer. This should more or less be it then. – Feyre Jul 14 '15 at 13:54
• @Feyre Many thanks once again. it works perfectly fine. Just a small question: is there any command to change the angle of the arrow heads? – Priyam Jul 15 '15 at 7:37